Drug dealer had bag of cash ... with £57k in it

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Ali was not ar­rested but six months later on Jan­uary 24 the search war­rant was ex­e­cuted at his home and of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered a “drug op­er­a­tion” had been set up in­clud­ing cut­ting agents, bags, scales and dealer lists.

Drugs seized in­cluded 66 grammes of crack co­caine which was 85% pure, 17.6 grammes of heroin which was 38% pure and 27.3 grammes of heroin which was 36% pure.

Of­fi­cers also found 42 grammes of skunk cannabis bring­ing the drugs to a to­tal value of just over £8,000.

Jeremy Bar­ton, rep­re­sent­ing Ali, said he be­came in­volved through his own ad­dic­tion to drugs. He was us­ing more than he could af­ford and those sup­ply­ing him knew that.

Mr Bar­ton said: “He found him­self in a po­si­tion when he could not pay what he owed and be­com­ing in­volved in this ac­tiv­ity was in­di­cated as the way to do it.”

The money he had passed on to Wadood did not be­long to ei­ther of them but to oth­ers more heav­ily in­volved.

Ali ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing heroin and crack co­caine with in­tent to sup­ply and pos­sess­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty.

Jail­ing him, Recorder Bryan Cox QC said the ev­i­dence re­cov­ered in­di­cated his “con­certed in­volve­ment in drug deal­ing.”

Wadood, 34 from Ir­well Street, Bury, ad­mit­ted pos­sess­ing crim­i­nal prop­erty by act­ing as a courier for the money and he was given six months sus­pended for two years with 250 hours un­paid work.

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